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I would like to tell you about my husband Paul.  We met when we were teenagers in middle school and have been together ever since.  He was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 11 years old, and was always told that he was different and couldn't ...

I would like to tell you about my husband Paul.  We met when we were teenagers in middle school and have been together ever since.  He was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 11 years old, and was always told that he was different and couldn't do what "normal" men did.  He has faught his entire life to prove the ones that said that when he was growing up that they were wrong. Paul and I got married just after high school and had 2 beautiful daughters, Amanda and Samantha.  Paul has always been one of the hardest working people I have ever known, and worked very hard to support our family.  When he was 31 years old, he was told that the diabetes had caused kidney damage and that it would not be long before he would need dialysis and eventually a kidney and pancreas transplant.  Shortly after, his name was added to the national transplant list and following this, he ended up on dialysis.  He faught with the doctor and as sick as he was, he went back to work during the entire time he was on dialysis.  He would work full time and go to dialysis 3 times a week for 3 hour sessions. After a long 4 year wait, we got the call that the University of Michigan had a donor.  Paul had his first transplant on April 11, 2000.  The following morning, the pancreas failed and had to be removed.  His name was put back on the transplant list and 2 years later, on July 11, 2002, he got his pancreas. In between these transplants, he still continued to work.  2 years after the second transplant, he ended up with a triple hernea along the incision line from his transplants and had a 12 inch round piece of mesh inserted to repair this.  Again, he faught the doctors and went back to work.  We are originally from Michigan, but Paul is a machinist and the industry in Michigan was really declining, so in 2006, we moved to Florida for a position at a machining company.  On May 10, 2011, Paul was on his way to work, and had a wreck on his motorcycle.  He shattered his right ankle and almost lost his leg from the knee down.  Again, he went back to work before the doctors really wanted him to bacause that is what he was taught.  Men go to work to support their family.  Paul has been at this company since that time, until December 29, 2012, which is a day that changed all of our lives forever.  It was a Saturday and Paul and I had just gotten home from work.  He told me his right leg was numb. A few minutes later he said his right arm was numb.  I helped him lay down on the bed and said that I wanted him to go to the hospital but he refused.  Then I noticed his speech wasn't right.  I told him that I thought he was having a stroke and he agreed for me to call 911.  After getting him to the ER, I was told that they didn't expect him to make it through the night.  Paul is a fighter, and proved the doctors wrong.  6 weeks later I was able to bring him home, but it has been a very hard struggle.  HIs entire right side has been effected as well as his speech.  During this time, I applied for Social Security Disability for him.  He has been denied several time now.  The latest reason is that they don't consider him disabled because "he is able to adapt well to every day situations and gets along well with others".  Yes, this is an actual quote from his denial letter. He has since, lost his insurance and has medical bills piling up.  No organization seems to be able to, or just doesn't want to,  help him.  He still goes to physical therapy and those bills are mounting as well. As i said, he is a fighter and never gives up, but financially, it is killing him.  I would do anything for him and have exhausted all financial avenues at this point, so I am turning to fundrazr for help. 

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